Category Archives: Undergraduate Research

Denitrogenation of algal biocrude obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction process

Description: This project aims to develop an innovative separation technique for denitrogenation of biocrude obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction of algae. Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) involves conversion of whole algae (without drying) performed in hot, compressed water at ~350 oC and 20 MPa (3000 psi) pressure. Algal biocrude obtained from HTL has an energy content of 80-93%…
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Interaction of polymer and lithium in polymer electrolytes for energy storage

Description: Classical electrolytes consists of salts such as LiPF6 and solvents with high dielectric constants such as ethylene carbonate. Polymer electrolytes are considered as an alternative class of electrolytes since they are typically safer than classical electrolytes, and have the potential to be multifunctional. In addition, the polymer conformation changes in the presence of electrolyte,…
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Identification of ASBC analytical method capabilities across NMSU

Description: Student will become knowledgable of the many methods of analysis maintained by the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and determine to what extent NMSU is capable of performing each, including identifying capital resources and expertise needed of those methods for which there is no or partial capability at NMSU. Completion Objectives: A list of…
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Flow cytometry instrument development

Description: Students are sought to help with a biomedical engineering research project. Our research incorporates many disciplines including: biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, and physics. Our laboratory studies flow cytometry. Flow cytometry is a single cell counting tool used to collect features from cells including phenotype, genotype, morphology, and more. Flow cytometers work by…
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Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation and Hydrodenitrogenation of Algal Biocrude into hydrocarbon fuels

Description: Algal biocrude is obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) and pyrolysis processes contains large amounts of nitrogen and oxygen heteroatoms that make it unsutiable for further use. Algal biocrude needs to be catalytically upgraded via hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) into liquid transportation fuels. The current project prepares the student gain insight into role of…
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Mathematical model of salt migration and coving phenomena in an adobe wall

Description: Establish the conservation equations and boundary conditions needed to solve for the transient movement of salts from the soil into an adobe wall upwards from grade.  This project will build on work performed by Dr. Rockstraw with others in Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc.  Completion Objectives: The complete set of conservation equations and boundary conditions relevant to…
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Hydrothermal Treatment is an Innovative way of Nutrient Recovery and Waste Minimization

Description: Recovery of the nutrients (primarily, nitrogen and phosphorous) in solid waste is important for better land nutrient management practices and remediation of nutrient pollution of surrounding waterways, and is a path forward to generating renewable nutrients. Hydrothermal treatment (HT) employs the ‘subcritical water as a medium (combination of heat and water at high temperature…
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Nanostructured Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Description: Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) represent one of the most important and advanced technologies among rechargeable batteries due to their high energy density with high cell voltage suitable for applications in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. Performance of LIBs strongly depends not only on the electrode materials but also on their microscopic structure. The advantages…
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Developing Correlations between Spectroscopic Results and Computed Net Atomic Charges

Description: In this project, quantum chemistry calculations will be performed to compute the net atomic charges of various transition metal solids. Using linear (or higher order polynomial) regression, the computed net atomic charges will be correlated to published core electron binding energies that were measure with x-ray photoelectron spectroscropy (XPS). (These correlations will be useful…
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